Period
to 21 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 21 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Acceptance Criteria
England > South West
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 146 190
Rank change year-on-year 0 +44 -11
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 53 56 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.99% 1.01% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.19% 1.21% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 37 14
South West median daily rate £350 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +15.94%
10th Percentile £213 £304 £327
90th Percentile £495 £466 £450
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
South West median hourly rate £175.00 - -
England median hourly rate £63.75 £40.38 £53.00
% change year-on-year +57.89% -23.82% +62.33%

Acceptance Criteria is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,467 4,616 4,870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 83.37% 83.34% 80.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,698 2,968 3,218
South West median daily rate £413 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +6.00% -
10th Percentile £269 £250 £255
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 204 244
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £12.60 £13.00 £12.66
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £51.50
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.49 £23.50
% change year-on-year -8.11% +4.19% +9.30%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the South West region over the 6 months to 21 July 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +6 19 £350 -6.67% 5
Gloucestershire +3 9 £356 +13.55%
Somerset +3 9 £413 +13.79%
Wiltshire +2 5 £408 +2.52% 3
Dorset - 4 £300 -
Cornwall - 3 £300 -
Devon +10 2 £350 -22.87% 2
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 44 (83.02%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (41.51%) Test Automation
3 20 (37.74%) User Stories
4 19 (35.85%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (32.08%) Scrum
6 16 (30.19%) Business Analysis
6 16 (30.19%) JIRA
7 14 (26.42%) QA
7 14 (26.42%) Selenium
7 14 (26.42%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
9 11 (20.75%) SDLC
10 10 (18.87%) HTML
10 10 (18.87%) SQL
10 10 (18.87%) Security Cleared
11 9 (16.98%) Microsoft
11 9 (16.98%) ISEB
11 9 (16.98%) Workflow
12 8 (15.09%) Windows
12 8 (15.09%) Oracle
12 8 (15.09%) Confluence
13 7 (13.21%) WebDriver
13 7 (13.21%) SQL Server
13 7 (13.21%) Gherkin
14 6 (11.32%) SoapUI
14 6 (11.32%) API Testing
14 6 (11.32%) VBScript
14 6 (11.32%) CMS
14 6 (11.32%) PowerShell
14 6 (11.32%) Drupal

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (15.09%) Confluence
2 6 (11.32%) CMS
2 6 (11.32%) Drupal
3 4 (7.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (5.66%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 5 (9.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (7.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.89%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.89%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.21%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.55%) Hadoop
3 3 (5.66%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (30.19%) JIRA
2 14 (26.42%) Selenium
3 7 (13.21%) WebDriver
4 6 (11.32%) SoapUI
5 5 (9.43%) Git (software)
6 4 (7.55%) JIRA Agile
6 4 (7.55%) SpecFlow
6 4 (7.55%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (7.55%) Visual Studio
7 3 (5.66%) Cucumber
7 3 (5.66%) Jenkins
7 3 (5.66%) Maven
7 3 (5.66%) NUnit
8 2 (3.77%) JUnit
8 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio Team System
9 1 (1.89%) TeamCity
General
1 5 (9.43%) Finance
2 3 (5.66%) Military
2 3 (5.66%) Retail
3 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 34 (64.15%) Analyst
2 22 (41.51%) Business Analyst
3 11 (20.75%) Test Analyst
4 6 (11.32%) Agile Business Analyst
4 6 (11.32%) Automation Test Analyst
4 6 (11.32%) Software Tester
4 6 (11.32%) Tester
5 5 (9.43%) Technical Analyst
5 5 (9.43%) Technical Business Analyst
6 4 (7.55%) Test Automation Engineer
6 4 (7.55%) Test Engineer
7 3 (5.66%) Business Test Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Digital Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Digital Business Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Pensions Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Pensions Business Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Senior Business Analyst
7 3 (5.66%) Transformation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (18.87%) HTML
2 7 (13.21%) Gherkin
3 3 (5.66%) Kafka
3 3 (5.66%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (5.66%) REST
3 3 (5.66%) SOAP
4 2 (3.77%) .NET
4 2 (3.77%) .NET Framework
4 2 (3.77%) Entity Framework
4 2 (3.77%) jQuery
4 2 (3.77%) JSON
5 1 (1.89%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 19 (35.85%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.55%) Management Information System
2 4 (7.55%) User Experience
3 3 (5.66%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.89%) FMCG
4 1 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 8 (15.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (83.02%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (41.51%) Test Automation
3 20 (37.74%) User Stories
4 17 (32.08%) Scrum
5 16 (30.19%) Business Analysis
6 14 (26.42%) Problem-Solving
7 12 (22.64%) Test Scripting
8 11 (20.75%) SDLC
9 9 (16.98%) Workflow
10 6 (11.32%) API Testing
10 6 (11.32%) Content Management
11 5 (9.43%) Continuous Delivery
11 5 (9.43%) Continuous Deployment
11 5 (9.43%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (7.55%) Collaborative Working
12 4 (7.55%) Open Source
12 4 (7.55%) Software Engineering
12 4 (7.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 4 (7.55%) Use Case
12 4 (7.55%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.87%) SQL
2 6 (11.32%) PowerShell
2 6 (11.32%) VBScript
3 5 (9.43%) C#
3 5 (9.43%) Java
4 3 (5.66%) Perl
4 3 (5.66%) PHP
4 3 (5.66%) Python
5 1 (1.89%) C
5 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (18.87%) Security Cleared
2 9 (16.98%) ISEB
3 5 (9.43%) Degree
4 4 (7.55%) ISTQB
4 4 (7.55%) SC Cleared
5 3 (5.66%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (5.66%) Master's Degree
6 1 (1.89%) CBAP
6 1 (1.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (26.42%) QA
2 6 (11.32%) WCAG
3 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 6 (11.32%) WMI
2 3 (5.66%) Ansible
2 3 (5.66%) Nagios
2 3 (5.66%) Opscode Chef
2 3 (5.66%) Puppet
2 3 (5.66%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.89%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (16.98%) Microsoft
2 8 (15.09%) Oracle
3 1 (1.89%) JDA
3 1 (1.89%) SAP